Thank you to everyone who supported the Giving Machines in 2021. We look forward to having them back again for the Christmas Season of 2022.
About Light The World
#LightTheWorld is an invitation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to transform Christmas into a season of service. It’s a worldwide movement to touch hearts and change lives by doing the things Jesus did: feeding the hungry, comforting the lonely, visiting the sick and afflicted, and showing kindness to everyone. Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).
The Giving Machines provide a way for people to easily help those in need and to make the Christmas season a little more meaningful for themselves – and for countless others.
Imagine swiping your credit card at a vending machine – but instead of buying a candy bar for yourself, you’re buying two chickens and a rooster for a family in a third-world country to start a business or a pair of school shoes for a child in Southern Nevada. #LightTheWorld is the perfect way to let our light—and His light—shine brightly.
Meet the Charities
How It Works
Choose a machine
Each machine offers an identical selection of items representing global and local organizations that do good.
Make your selection
You may add several items you’d like to donate using the touch screen “shopping cart,” up to a total of $1,500.
Swipe your card
Each machine accepts credit cards and mobile payments. Sorry, no cash or credit card chips.
Collect your receipt
Enter a phone number or email address to receive a digital receipt. 100% of your donation will go to the applicable charity.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Light the World Giving Machines?
Vending machines where donating to a charity of your choice is as easy as buying a candy bar.
How do they work?
Insert a credit or debit card and select one or more items from the vending machine. A Styrofoam card with a photo of the item you have purchased will drop to the bottom of the machine, signifying the purchase you have made.
How can I pay?
The Giving Machines accept all major U.S. credit cards and debit cards – just like a regular vending machine. However, it does not accept cash.
Where are the machines?
The Giving Machines are located next to Francesca’s, on the Promenade at Downtown Summerlin, 2010 Festival Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135. The site is across the plaza on the east side of Macy’s. We’re just across the street from Santa’s Chalet!
When are they open?
The machines are open daily through January 2nd
Can I make a purchase on behalf of someone else? How can I notify the recipient an item has been purchased on his or her behalf?
When you’re looking for the just-right gift for someone who has everything, why not consider buying something for someone who needs everything? For a single purchase over $25, show your electronic receipt to a volunteer at the Giving Machines to get a Light the World card so you can notify your recipient of the gift you purchased in his/her name.
What charities can I donate to at the Giving Machines?
Choose from 5 local charities and 2 global charities:
Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada – Keeping students in school and on the path to graduation
Eye Care 4 Kids – Providing professional vision care to low-income, underserved children
Future Smiles – Increasing access to dental health for underserved populations
Opportunity Village – Serving adults with intellectual and related disabilities
Three Square – Providing wholesome food to hungry people
CWS Global – Feeding the hungry and assisting the vulnerable around the world
UNICEF – Saving and protecting the world’s most vulnerable children
What can I give?
You can select from 30 different items ranging from meals to laundry pods for homeless high school students to dental treatments for children to two hens and a rooster for a family in a developing country. Click here to see the options each charity selected, based on the high-priority needs they have identified for the populations they serve.
How much can I donate?
Items in the Las Vegas Giving Machines range from $3 to $300.
If I can't get to the Giving Machines, is there a way to donate online?
Yes! You can donate online to the organizations participating in the Giving Machines using the links above. Under each city in the “Local charity partners” section of this page, click on the charity’s name to visit their website and donate in support of Light the World online.
Why donate at a Giving Machine instead of some other way?
At a Light the World Giving Machine, all of your donation – 100% – reaches the people served. Overhead costs for the machines, credit card fees, and the administrative fees for the designated charity are covered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
You and your family and friends get to actually see and choose what to give.
Take a selfie while you’re there and share it with your friends and family as you help #LightTheWorld!
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Donations are eligible for tax deductions. Electronic receipts will be available by text or email.
The Giving Machines are located at Downtown Summerlin in the Promenade area near the Macy’s Department Store, just across the street from “Santa’s Chalet”.
Parking is free and there are many lots and parking garages.
Las Vegas Donation Totals for 2021
Masks are strongly recommended to be worn for all indoor locations. For outdoor locations, masks are also recommended. Look to local mandates for additional guidance.
Any machine surface touched by patrons will be cleaned by a volunteer with a microfiber cloth and SANITECH cleaner after each use.
Please keep 6ft distance between you and the next person in line.